If you are using a Motorola or Sweex router, or some specific D-Link and Linksys models in most cases the default IP address of your router will be 192.168.15.1.
It is another Class C IP address some router manufacturers use as a default IP for the routers they produce. Normally this IP is used to allow the user access the router settings and change its settings if needed, in most cases in order to secure the router, use the parental controls feature or do port forwarding etc. There are really many things you can do in the router settings
How to login to the router using 192.168.15.1
If you have to login to your router using 192.168.15.1 the steps are just the same as with any other IP. However, before you begin it is good to have the router username and password. This is important because this will be the first thing you will be asked to enter if 192.168.15.1 is the correct default IP.
If you haven’t changed the default router username and password you can find these in the user manual or on a label which can be usually found printed on a sticker under the router.
STEP 1 – Launch your browser
Your web browser is the tool used to access the router settings. So, launch it and type 192.168.15.1 in the URL bar and press Enter. If it is the correct router IP you will be asked to enter the router login details in the next step.
STEP 2 – Enter the router username and password
In case you are logging in for the first time you need to enter the default router username and password. Otherwise, if you have changed these before, make sure to use the latest username and password. If the login details are correct you will be redirected to the router settings page.
Now you can configure your router. Just go through the menus and you will see that you can enable or disable the wireless connection, rename the default network or protect the wireless network with a password. Clicking on the menu will reveal additional sub-menus for fine tweaking the settings so feel free to explore all the options.
NOTE: it is highly recommended to take at least the basic steps to protect your wireless network. These include changing the default network name and protecting the wireless network with a password.
What to do if you can’t login?
The router login process is quite easy and straightforward – you type the default router IP in the browser and enter the default username and password and you are in. However, in some cases you won’t be able to login to the router and here are some of the most common problems and how to fix them.
Problem 1 – The 192.168.15.1 login page doesn’t load at all or it loads too long.
The man reason for this is usually an incorrect IP address. To check whether 192.168.15.1 is the correct IP use the Command Prompt in Windows. Launch it and type ipconfig and press Enter. Scroll down until you see the line Default Gateway. If 18.104.22.168 is your router IP you will see it there. If it isn’t, you will probably see 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or a similar IP address. Now try to login with that IP address.
Another reason for such behavior is that both the router and the device you are trying to login from use the same IP address. This creates a so called IP conflict and can easily cause your entire network to malfunction. A quick fix for this is to assign a different IP to your device.
Problem 2 – The login page loads, but the settings page won’t
There are two reasons for such behavior.
The first and the most common one is a typing error. This is why you have to be careful when you type the username and password. For example, mistyping just one letter will cause the Network Security Key Mismatch error.
The other reason is wrong username or password. If you haven’t changed these before you can use the default ones found in the user manual. In case you don’t have the user manual you can search for these online. Just type the router model and add “username and password” after that. We are sure you will find the default login details in a minute. Also in case your internet connection isn’t working properly try to combine the following most commonly used usernames and passwords:
Username: admin, user, or just leave it blank
Password: admin, password, 1234, or just leave it bank